While the detrimental effects of tobacco on lung health are well-known, its impact on oral health is equally alarming. At Zhao Dental, serving the Pleasanton community, we’re dedicated to educating our patients about the risks associated with tobacco use and how it can affect their dental well-being.

Chewing Tobacco

According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), individuals who use chewing tobacco increase their risk of developing gum and cheek cancers by an astonishing 50 times. Chewing tobacco dissolves the gums, leading to sensitivity from exposed roots, and provides an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive, resulting in decay. If you’re chewing tobacco, it’s imperative to seek guidance from our experienced oral health team on maintaining mouth health.


The AGD’s report highlights that smoking one pack of cigarettes per day can lead to the loss of two teeth per decade of your life. Smoking significantly elevates the risk of tooth loss and contributes to staining, detracting from the appearance of your smile. Both cigarettes and cigars pose serious threats to oral health, emphasizing the importance of quitting smoking to preserve dental well-being.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can manifest in various locations in the mouth, including the tongue, lips, mouth floor, and gums. Although individuals over 50 and men face heightened risks of oral cancer, recent data from the AGD indicates a concerning rise in oral cancer cases among individuals under 30. At Zhao Dental, we recommend scheduling an appointment for a comprehensive oral health examination and inquiring about an oral cancer screening, especially if you’re a tobacco user. Early detection significantly improves the prognosis of oral cancer.

Quitting Tobacco

If you’re a tobacco user, we strongly urge you to quit. Our professional dental team, alongside your healthcare provider, can offer support and resources to help you overcome tobacco addiction. While regular oral health examinations are essential for everyone, they’re especially critical for tobacco users. Schedule a visit to our office, where we can collaborate with you to address any potential oral health concerns and support your journey toward a tobacco-free life.

For additional tips on maintaining oral health or to schedule your next visit to our office, please contact Zhao Dental. Your dental well-being is our priority, and we’re here to help you achieve and maintain a healthy, radiant smile.

Zhao Dental
Phone: (925) 462-7117
5720 Stoneridge Mall Rd STE 200
Pleasanton, CA 94588